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Reality TV Doctor and Girlfriend Cleared of Sex Charges

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Sexual assault charges dismissed

Sexual assault allegations against a reality TV doctor and his girlfriend have been dismissed by a California judge. The duo had previously been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women in a case that gained international coverage.

Dr. Grant Robicheaux, a surgeon who once featured on Bravo’s “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male,” and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley, saw their charges of assault with an intent to commit a sexual offense dismissed on Friday, according to court documents.

The dismissal took place following a preliminary hearing before Superior Court Judge Michael Leversen. The judge found that there was insufficient evidence regarding the sexual assault charges to proceed to a trial, as reported by the Orange County Register.

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The couple still faces drug-related charges and are expected to appear in court on July 19. Robicheaux also faces an additional charge for possession of an assault weapon. Both have previously entered pleas of not guilty.

The state attorney general’s office, responsible for the case’s prosecution, is currently reviewing the court’s decision.

No immediate comment was provided on the court’s decision by the couple’s legal team, according to their spokesperson.

International attention was drawn to the case in 2018 when Robicheaux and Riley were accused of drugging and sexually assaulting up to seven victims in their Newport Beach home, rendering them incapable of resisting.

Additionally, the case got entangled in a fierce political dispute between Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer and his predecessor Tony Rackauckas. Spitzer alleged Rackauckas of mishandling the case and exploiting it for publicity purposes.

Upon election and assuming office, Spitzer attempted to dismiss the charges against the couple, citing a lack of sufficient evidence. The state attorney general’s office took over the case later, reducing the charges for prosecution.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Sexual assault charges dismissed

What were Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend accused of?

Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend were accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women in their home.

Why were the sex charges against Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend dismissed?

The sex charges were dismissed due to a lack of sufficient evidence, as determined by Superior Court Judge Michael Leversen.

What charges do Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend still face?

They still face drug-related charges and an additional charge of possession of an assault weapon.

When is their next court appearance?

Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend are scheduled to appear in court on July 19.

Who reviewed the decision to dismiss the sex charges?

The state attorney general’s office, which has been handling the case, is currently reviewing the decision.

What is the background of the case?

The case gained international attention in 2018 when Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend were accused of sexually assaulting multiple victims who were allegedly drugged and unable to resist.

Was there any political involvement in the case?

Yes, the case became entangled in a political dispute between Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer and his predecessor Tony Rackauckas, with Spitzer accusing Rackauckas of mishandling the case for publicity purposes.

More about Sexual assault charges dismissed

  • Orange County Register: Source for information about the dismissal of the sex charges against Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend.
  • Bravo TV: Website featuring the reality TV show “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male” where Dr. Grant Robicheaux appeared.
  • California Courts: Official website for the California courts system, providing information on legal proceedings and court records.
  • State Attorney General’s Office: Official website of the California State Attorney General’s Office, responsible for prosecuting the case against Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend.
  • Orange County District Attorney’s Office: Official website of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, involved in the political battle surrounding the case.

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